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English Lessons for Halloween!

1Do you believe in ghosts? Would you dress up as a skeleton? Do you turn into a pumpkin at the stroke of midnight? Did you hand out sweets as a child? Does Halloween freak you out?

If the answer to last question is “no”, then you are at the right place.

Welcome, to my second, after Christmas, favourite Holiday.

Halloween is the time for children (young and older alike) to put on masks, wigs, costumes (= fancy dress costume in Britain) and hit the town! The 31st of October, and hopefully the days leading up to it, will be a big, massive celebration! London will be full of pumpkins, witches and wizards, skeletons, black cats and ghosts!

So, to honour this great day, we will be looking at some of the most commonly used “Halloween” phrasal verbs. Briefly, a phrasal verb is a verb followed by a particle (preposition). What is important to remember is that meaning changes. Consider the phrasal verb “to put on” which means “to wear” or “to give up” which means “to quit”.

So here it goes;

to dress up – when you wear a costume or clothes in order to look like someone or something else.

Example: Every Halloween, she dresses up as a witch. She puts on her pointy hat,  and carries a broom around.

to believe in – when you are certain that something or somebody exists.

Example: Some people believe in ghosts even though there is no proof they exist.

to freak out – when something or someone makes you have strong emotions such as fear, stress, anxiety, surprise and anger. (it usually has a negative meaning – unless it’s Halloween J)

Example: A couple of weeks ago, I watched the “Conjuring” and it freaked me out so much that I swore never to watch a horror film again.

to turn into – when something or someone transforms into something else.

Example: In the Harry Potter books, Professor McGonagall could turn into a cat.

unnamedSo this Halloween, Bloomsbury International invites you to dress up as zombies, witches, ghosts or anything you want (as long as it freaks us out!) and come join us at our annual event at Grace Bar on Friday October 31st from 10pm until late. It’s a £7 entry fee with a voucher or £10 at the door. Unfortunately, you must be over 18 to enter, however, you are more than welcome to put on your fancy dress during the day and freak us out at the school.



Complete the sentences with correct phrasal verb in the correct tense. Some phrasal verbs can be used more than once.

  1. Hey! Don’t _________________. It’s not the end of the world.
  2. I always used to __________________ as a cat when I was a young girl.
  3. She ___________________ when she realized she’d lost her wallet.
  4. Are you _____________________ this year? I’m going a zombie.
  5. They ______________________ astrology when they were teenagers but not anymore.
  6. Do you _____________UFOs?
  7. He ________________________ a werewolf every full moon.


Answers for last week’s activity:

  1. 1
  2. 5
  3. 2
  4. 11
  5. 10
  6. 7
  7. 4
  8. 8
  9. 9
  10. 1
  11. 3


Have a lovely weekend!

Bloomsbury International


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